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4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search

4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search

Peter Vogt, MonsterTRAK Career Coach

Your Education and Skills

If you’d like to become a financial planner someday, but can’t or won’t pursue a college degree in finance or financial planning, you’ll find it tough to compete with people who can and will get that educational preparation. It’s not that you’ll have no chance of getting a financial planning job, but you’ll be at a significant disadvantage.

On the flip side, if you’re an English major and you’ve taken the initiative to learn how to build and maintain complex Web sites, you’ll have a considerable edge over English majors who don’t have that knowledge. And often you’ll even be able to compete with people who have computer-related majors, because you have both technical skills and writing abilities.

So as you mull over what field to major in or what career to pursue, keep these key factors in the forefront of your mind. Don’t fall into the trap of believing your career decisions are as cut-and-dry as most people think they are. That’s just not the case.

Like most everything else in life, your career decisions and your eventual job hunt will involve a lot of “it depends.” The more you can understand and even control those “it depends” factors, the more likely you’ll choose and eventually land the job that fits you best, no matter what the degree of difficulty involved.